Chaz Bono Picks Up Two Awards At Hollywoood

Apr 22, 2012
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His superstar mother must be proud as Chaz Bono picked up a pair of trophies at tonight’s GLAAD Media Awards.

The 43-year-old transgender activist and author was honored with the outstanding documentary prize and Stephen F. Kolzak Award at the 23rd annual Media Awards for the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.

Bono won with directors Fenton Bailey and Randy Barbato for Becoming Chaz, the OWN documentary that chronicled his gender transition.

In the family: Chaz Bono celebrates his award wins with his stepmother Mary, widow of his late father, Sonny.

Cher’s son, who was the first-ever transgender contestant on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars last year, was also given the Stephen F. Kolzak Award, which is given by GLAAD to a gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender member of the entertainment community.

He famously weathered hideous abuse to compete in the dancing talent show, and won legions of fans for his dignified and inspiring stint, which was supported by his mother… who was often in the audience.

Past winners have included Ellen DeGeneres – who was there tonight with wife Portia De Rossi – new father Rufus Wainwright, Wanda Sykes, John Waters and Melissa Etheridge.

Other’s honoured at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in downtown Los Angeles were ABC’s Modern Family for comedy series, Focus Features drama Beginners starring Ewan McGregor and supporting actor Oscar winner Christopher Plummer for wide-release film, and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva and TV Land’s Hot in Cleveland in a tie for individual TV episode.

The Hunger Games star Josh Hutcherson won the Vanguard Award, which lauds efforts to increase visibility and understanding of the gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community.

Miley Cyrus’ boyfriend works  with the anti-bullying campaign Straight But Not Narrow. The 19-year-old actor is the youngest recipient to ever win the Vanguard Award.

The awards salute fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community and the issues that affect their lives in the media.

Other winners from among this year’s 35 categories were previously honored at a March ceremony in New York, while the remainder will be presented at a San Francisco ceremony in June.

Source: Daily Mail

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